Nursing: York College? Penn State? De Sales? West Chester? U. Delaware?
So far, these are my daughter's favorite schools for direct entry BSN. She won't hear an admissions decision from U. Del. until March. Penn State is in-state for us.
Anyone have any thoughts about the nursing programs? We've visited the campuses and the towns, and did the standard tours, but she hasn't had a chance yet to meet people from the nursing program or to tour the nursing facilities. Most of the programs for admitted students are not held until March or April.
Everyone we know pushes Penn State (Main), but she would prefer not to go to such a large school, isn't thrilled about large class sizes in lower level classes, doesn't like the idea of traveling long distances to get to clinicals from State College, and isn't real thrilled about being away from a college campus and college friends for a year (to go to Milton Hershey Medical Center). Penn State says that if you don't commit to them earlier in the year, you may be in housing with up to 7 roommates in your room.
York College in York PA is a nice size (5,000 students), has great on-campus housing for upperclassmen, a large new gym, a brand new theater complex (which is one of her side-interests), and is within walking distance of a huge hospital. They also are very affordable, and have a RN exam pass rate equal to Penn State's. They seek that students commit to them early in the year, and say that if you don't, you may be placed into a track that requires an extra semester to graduate. She'd like to play a sport, and that would be possible at a smaller school (at least for a couple years).
She hasn't heard yet from De Sales (about 1 hr. north of Phila), but she should get in. They are now finishing a new building for their health care programs, and they allow their top students to take some classes for grad credit as an undergrad.
U. Del. may end being the most expensive of the bunch, because she will probably not qualify for any merit aid from them.
I understand West Chester's nursing facilities are a little crowded. The freshman high rise housing is about one step from being demolished (literally) and the upper class housing is privately run and expensive.
Last edited by charlieschm; 11-15-2012 at 01:07 PM.